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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

No Biggie, But Bad Timing.

After a spring tease yesterday with temperatures approaching 60 in some towns, winter has returned.  The storm approaching tonight and tomorrow isn’t a blockbuster.  But the timing will be terrible with the worst of the storm arriving during the morning commute!

The storm is moving out of the Mississippi valley along the same cold front that triggered the cool down yesterday. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 1 AM to 4 PM Wednesday for accumulating snow, ice and slippery roads.

Timing:
Snow will overspread the state tonight around or after midnight, coming down moderately to heavy at times.  Then snow will mix in and change over to sleet, freezing rain and rain from south to north during tomorrow morning.  Most of the snow is already over by 10 AM on Wednesday.  The entire event is winding down by mid afternoon. A little lingering drizzle is possible during the evening drive.

Accumulations:
2”-5” of snow will accumulate statewide.  The shoreline may end up seeing a little less with an inch or two followed by slush and rain.

Impacts:
Low visibility during the morning commute with snow covered, slippery roads.  School delays are likely.  But road conditions will improve quickly after 10 AM.  The evening commute will be fine. 

Looking Forward:
Behind the storm, an arctic front will move through on Thursday.  This will be followed by a cold blast of air with temperatures struggling through the 20s and low 30s by the end of the work week.  Even colder air arrives next week with high temperatures in the teens to near 20 degrees next Tuesday.  So the snow that accumulates tonight and tomorrow isn’t melting anytime soon!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey rach looking at next week, do u see any chance of a big storm winding up on tues jan 22 ?

John Seitz said...

Will we get any more Rambo midnight updates?

Anonymous said...

This storm is just what we need -- DISLIKE!!!

Like you say we should survive.. besides the ski areas need the snow locally.. looking at Mt Southinton through my window right now.

Know you love the data on these events.. HAVE FUN!!

Hugs

J West